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About the artist

Varvara Liakonakou was born in Athens in 1978. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (1997-2001). In the past he lived and worked in Athens, southern Crete and New York (2001-2014). She is a co-organizer of the Mudhouse Residency, in Agios Ioannis, Crete, where she teaches painting. She is also a founding member and co-organizer of the Athena Standards Residency in Athens. He lives and works in Athens and southern Crete.

About the exhibition

The curator of the exhibition, Elisabeth Plessa states: "On several canvases of the past five years, Liakounakou uses only oil pastels, which she applies on her papers like an ink pen, to create storms of lines conversing with the white of the paper as they shape what is depicted. In these works, quests for transparency, everything is regulated by the highlights that penetrate the grids of the lines. Even black functions differently in these recent compositions, bringing out the light instead of the darkness. Outlines lose their clarity and colors abandon their intensity for the sake of a glow that imbues these sense picture with a sense of sanctity."

The painter Varvara Liakonakou reports that in this exhibition entitled "Union" she concerned with the subject of love and romance. Influenced by the poetry and philosophy of Gelalandin Rumi (1207-1273), the greatest Sufi mystic poet of the East, she exhibits works by couples and solitary figures seeking union through self-exploration.